The gamble to replace Colin Munro with England’s Jason Roy paid off big time as the Daredevils opening batsman blasted his team to victory against the Mumbai Indians yesterday. Meanwhile the Knight Riders have fallen off the pace after posting two-consecutive losses after starting the 2018 IPL with a win.
After what looked to be the start of another dominant IPL campaign for Kolkata after defeating a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore outfit, back-to-back losses may have just planted a seed of doubt in the Knight Riders heads for the time being. They were quick to drop English seamer Tom Curran after he leaked runs against the Super Kings despite taking two wickets, as well as Vinay Kumar who was also taking wickets but conceding a considerable amount of runs in the process as well. It’s becoming very-clear that players not performing to a specific standard required will find themselves out of the team pretty quickly, it’ll be interesting to see if those specifications apply to the likes of Chris Lynn and Andre Russell who are superstars in this particular format. Speaking of the pair, Chris Lynn is slowly but surely starting to show positive signs with gradual improvement in his scores with the bat while Andre Russell’s form can’t be predicted, he’s one big surprise package waiting to explode on any given day. Delhi would be wary of the West Indian all-rounder down the order given his capabilities to pounce late in the game and finish off an innings with some explosive hitting. The only concern with Russell is his consistency, those performances can be few and far between which brings Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa into the frame, two proven performers who more often than not get the job done with the bat. Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik was not expected to make the biggest impact with the bat in IPL 11, but currently averaging 45 and leading his team in the runs category may have changed that point of view. Mystery-spinner Suniil Narine’s pinch-hitting with the bat is just an added bonus having led Kolkata’s bowling attack superbly in 2018, his four over spells are like gold given his ability to dry up the runs. Fellow-spinner Kuldeep Yadav is destined to have a big outing with the ball soon while Andre Russell’s wicketless-run continues.
What a win it was for the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday, just when you thought the Mumbai Indians were back in business a rampaging-Jason Roy changes the outcome with a phenomenal knock in his first appearance in the 2018 IPL. In all honesty, I was a bit sceptical of the Daredevils dropping Colin Munro after just two failures at the top of the order, but it turned out to be a masterstroke as Roy showed his worth with an exhilarating 91 not out. Two batsmen who were expected to dominate for the Daredevils in IPL 11 bobbed-up to help Delhi chase down Mumbai’s total of 194, both Rishabh Pant (48) and Shreyas Iyer (27*) gave the spectators a glimpse of what’s to come when they find form with the bat. Everyone’s waiting for Glenn Maxwell to come out and play an explosive innings for his new IPL team as well, this side has plenty of upside with an unquestionable-amount of damaging stroke-makers throughout the squad. Australian all-rounder Dan Christian proved to be a handy inclusion for the Daredevils as well, he’s competing with South African Chris Morris for that overseas all-rounder spot in the side and has managed three wickets in his two games, hard to fault his performance as of yet. Christian & Morris are both very-similar players, they offer plenty with the ball and quick-scoring down the batting order when required. Delhi will be hoping for a bit more of a contribution from star-bowler Trent Boult in the wickets department along with Mohammed Shami who isn’t a renowned impact-bowler in the IPL. From what we saw in that last game from the Delhi Daredevils, this should be a great game of cricket given how well they chased down Mumbai’s total to secure their first win of the tournament. The Knight Riders will be a tough-proposition to beat at Eden Gardens, but after two unexpected losses they’ve given Delhi some hope as both teams look to creep up the standings.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Kolkata Knight Riders | 13th match | Kolkata
- Chris Lynn
- Sunil Narine
- Dinesh Karthik
- Robin Uthappa
- Kuldeep Yadav
Wildcard pick – Nitish Rana
Top 5 fantasy picks | Delhi Daredevils | 13th match | Kolkata
- Rishabh Pant
- Gautam Gambhir
- Glenn Maxwell
- Trent Boult
- Rahul Tewatia
Wildcard pick – Amit Mishra
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knight Riders don’t look to have a predictable bowling attack that’s expected to feature every game, whether it’s a tactical ploy or just resting players I don’t know. Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson is one player expected to be in and out of the side to keep him fresh, he might only play 8-9 games this season for Kolkata in order to manage his workload. Shivam Mavi who replaced Vinay Kumar only bowled one over, so his chances of playing the next match are 50/50. After just recently overcoming an injury, don’t be surprised if Chris Lynn is rested at some stage in the tournament as well.
Jason Roy’s inclusion against the Mumbai Indians the other day was an unexpected one that’s left Colin Munro on the outer for the time being. It’s difficult to see Munro breaking back into the side after Roy’s onslaught at the top of the order, Maxwell is set to play in the Daredevils middle order for quite some time before they think about rotating him. Amit Mishra is a possible inclusion heading to Eden Gardens, Shahbaz Nadeem could possibly make way for him while Dan Christian and Chris Morris will once again battle it out for that No. 7 spot in the side.
Kolkata Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Chris Lynn 2. Sunil Narine 3. Robin Uthappa 4. Nitish Rana 5. Dinesh Karthik (c & wk) 6. Shubman Gill 7. Andre Russell 8. Shivam Mavi/Vinay Kumar 9. Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran 10. Piyush Chawla 11. Kuldeep Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils (possible) – 1. Jason Roy 2. Gautam Gambhir © 3. Rishabh Pant (wk) 4. Glenn Maxwell 5. Shreyas Iyer 6. Vijay Shankar 7. Dan Christian/Chris Morris 8. Rahul Tewatia 9. Shahbaz Nadeem/Amit Mishra 10. Mohammed Shami 11. Trent Boult.